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Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:52 am | Updated: 2:02 pm, Tue May 27, 2014.

Fresh off the program’s most successful season since 1995, Virginia assistant basketball coaches Ritchie McKay, Jason Williford and Ron Sanchez have been rewarded.

On Tuesday, the Daily Progress learned through a Freedom of Information Act request that the coaches -- who have worked under head coach Tony Bennett since his arrival five years ago -- have all received new contracts.

McKay, UVa’s associate head coach, signed a five-year extension that will take him through the 2018-2019 season. The contract calls for a $179,800 base salary and $155,000 in “supplemental compensation.” 

McKay’s previous five-year contract, which paid him $300,000 annually, had run out in April.

Williford’s new deal runs through the 2017-18 season and has a base salary of $225,000, a bump of $60,000 from his previous deal.

Sanchez’ pact runs through the 2017-18 season and also has a base salary of $225,000, a bump of $60,000 from his previous deal.

Both Sanchez’ and Williford’s previous contracts were set to expire after next season.

McKay, Williford and Sanchez can all earn bonuses based on how far Virginia goes in the NCAA Tournament. Those bonuses range from one-month’s salary for making it to the tournament to three-month's salary for making it to the finals.

The coaches also get either a courtesy vehicle or an annual $9,000 car allowance that is to be paid on a bi-weekly basis.

A new contract for Bennett, who led Virginia to both an ACC regular-seeason championship and tournament title this past season, is expected to be finalized soon.
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  • Whitelaw "Whitey" Reid
  • UVa Beat Writer
  • E-mail: whitey365@gmail.com
  • Whitelaw Reid has covered Virginia men's basketball, tennis, soccer and lacrosse for The Daily Progress since 2005. In 2010, Whitey won an APSE award in Project Reporting for his work on "The Six Shooters," a series on UVa coach Tony Bennett's inaugural recruiting class. During his career, Whitey has also been recognized for his achievement by the San Diego Press Club and the Virginia Press Association. In his spare time, the New York City native gives Spike Lee a run for his money as the biggest Knicks' fan on the planet.

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